Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Freezin' Fun card with Stampin' Up!

As summer heats up today I am sharing a cool card using Freezin' Fun by Stampin' Up!. A fun winter theme card you can use in preparation for the you know what season ... whispers ..Christmas.. without using santas and reindeer in August. 

A fun and easy card to make. The snowy background is simple ink blending over a hand cut wavy stencil just cut from scrap card. The cute characters are coloured with Stampin' Blends to make those colours pop. The Blends really are vibrant and smooth to use.

I have a fun and fast step by step tutorial for this card if you wish to try it simply click the video link below.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Easy mini album tutorial, Forever Greenery

Over the last week I have completed a set of three videos sharing how to make this pretty 6 x 6 mini Album. I Love how this book turned out and think it is a great one for beginners. The binding is simple and the measurements are consistent throughout making it easy to follow. 

I will leave the measurements and video links below so you can create this yourself at home.




Happy crafting xxx Amanda


Pages 12 x 6" scored at 6" .. I used pre made card bases. paper layer 5 3/4 x 5 3/4" on full pages. pocket pager paper layer is slightly less at 5 5/8 x 5 5/8"so it sits inside pocket area.
Binding strips 1 x 6^ scored at 1/2" one for each page
Pockets 6 3/8 x 2 1/2" I made 12 score on two short and one long side at 1/4" fold over to anchor to book. Paper layer 5 5/8 x 2"
Photo mates 5 1/4 x 5 1/4" paper layer 5 x 5"

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Heat embossing tips with Good Morning Magnolia.

Happy Wednesday everyone. Today I am re using a firm favourite Good Morning Magnolia. Whilst making this card I have filmed a tutorial giving hints and tips along the way for successful heat embossing. You can achieve many many looks with heat embossing. My favourite is simple white on coloured card.

The white embossing on Kraft or crumb cake is my all time favourite. We have also heat embossed here on vellum which takes embossing beautifully.

For a pop of colour we have a small magnolia bud stamped on white card and coloured with Rococo Rose light and dark Stampin Blends. I also show you how to colour this on the video tutorial below.

You can make this card EASILY by following my tutorial below... have fun creating please do leave a comment and subscribe to my channel and to my blog.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

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Base 11 3/4 x 4 1/8" score at 5 7/8"
coloured layer front 5 3/4 x 4"
coloured layer inside 5 3/4 x 4" White layer inside 5 5/8 x3 7/8"
Vellum strip 4x 1"

Monday, 6 July 2020

Tutorial Spotlight colour technique

Happy Monday everyone. We have a lovely card technique to learn today. A great simple way to highlight part of a stamped image and add a small amount of colour. This makes for an effective card, yet is so easy anyone can try it.

By choosing a large statement stamp such as Celebrate Sunflowers, we are able to repeat stamp one section, colour it and raise it up. Giving the fab spotlight to the card.

I do have a full step by step video tutorial for you to watch and have added measurements below.

Hope you will give this technique a try.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda


Card base 11 3/4 x 4 1/8" score at 5 7/8" fold in half

1st layer 4 x 5 3/4"

Side panel coloured layer 2 x 5 1/2 ", white layer 1 7/8 x 5 3/8"

Small squre coloured card 2 x 2 ", white card 1 7/8 x 1 7/8"

Monday, 29 June 2020

Forever Greenery fancy fold, facebook live project

Yesterday I started a new series on my Facebook Business page Scrimpy's Stampin closet. Every other Sunday I will be sharing a project with you LIVE. I am calling this slot 'easy like Sunday morning live'. This Sunday I created a lovely fancy fold using Forever Greenery suite which I absolutely love !!

I am super please how pretty this turned out. I knew in my head what I wanted to achieve and this is pretty close. I love how the dies co-ordinate with the stamped images. This means you are able to cut them out real easy and build great clusters as the focal point for your card. 

The colours are outstanding too the green tones are deep and rich, yet bright and uplifting.

I did save my Facebook live and have it on my YouTube for you to watch this fun live shares the creation of the card from beginning to end.

I will leave measurements and products used below for your reference.

Please do watch the tutorial and maybe you would like to join my next live on Sunday the 12th July.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

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Card base 11 7/8 x 41/8" score at 5 7/8" fold in half then fold top layer back over in half.
Front card base 3 1/8 x 4 7/8" white layer 3 x 43/4"

DSP for main panel of card 4 x 5 3/4" DSP for folded front panel 2 7/8 x 4"

Friday, 26 June 2020

Sunburst stencilling technique

After setting a challenge in my Stampin' Up! Team group to try the ' Sunburst technique' I set about trying to find a simple way to do it. I came up with a slightly different way to do it. Typically this idea is done cutting up strips of paper, instead i created a stencil and then stencilled over it... Sounds complicated but its so easy and fun too.

This card makes good use of the basic pattern decorative masks from Stampin' Up!. A Hidden gem in the annual catalogue on page 146. Stencils are awesome because it lets you get artsy and super creative. Your design will be unique to you as no two will ever be exactly the same. It feels even more creative for some reason and leaves you with a huge sense of pride and satisfaction.

I picked just three colours and graduated them using sponge daubers. Very effective.

I do have a step by step video tutorial so you can see exactly how I made the card and how to make a sunburst mask you can use over again.

I hope you will give this a try and have some fun with masks and stencils.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

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Monday, 22 June 2020

Prized peony custom made stationary set

Hand made gifts are the most fun to make and the receiver will be trilled if you create and send one of these beautiful stationary sets. I created this set for a blog hop and did promise to return with a tutorial and measurements so here we are.

The cover is simply layered with dip and then the focal point is just one of the stunning flowers created with the prized peony bundle dies.

As you can see here we have layers the inside with dsp and the pockets are lined too. Our standard c6 envelopes fit in here nicely and we also have custom stamped writing paper, and to the right we have a notepad every page stamped too. The bundles are tied up with hand coloured seam binding for an extra special touch.

I do hope you will give this project a whirl, it doesn't take long to make and as you ca see the results are fantastic.

I will leave measurements below and links of the products used. I also have a step by step tutorial on how to construct the folder.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda


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Folder 11 1/2 x 8 1/4" on long side score at 1/4 - 1/2 - 5 1/2 - 6 - 11 - 11 1/4"
turn and on short side score at 1 1/2 - 1 3/4"

Fastening strap and buckle I cut by eye but around 1 1/2" wide to your desired length will be enough.

DSP is cut either 1/4 or 1/2" smaller than panned sizes to layer.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Bloom and Grow pencil coloured thank you card.

I really do get great enjoyment from colouring beautiful stamped images with my colouring pencils. The outcome is not only beautiful and original, it is calming and mindful something many of us can benefit from especially just now in or crazy world with Covid19.

I treat myself to a large pack of varied coloured pencils a few days back and used these on this card. They aren't watercolour pencils just standard ones out what lovely colours I was very please.

I used the Stamping' Up! Bloom and grow stamp set and the THANKS comes from Ornate thanks. Together they create a lovely card. 

I created the square centre by cutting scrap card to 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 " and attached with a removable glue dot. Then as I stamped this acted as a mask. Once removed I used a black finaliser to draw out the square.

I had stamped in smokey slate in then decided it was too subtle so like a crazy lady I went around the entire image with a black fine liner. I could have just stamped again in black but the fine liner gave me such a sharp and fine outline it was worth the extra work.

I hope you will try this design for yourself and try colouring it really is calming for the mind.

Have a fantastic day.    Happy stamping xxx Amanda 

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Saturday, 20 June 2020

Team Scrimpy blog hop, Annual catalogue favourites

Here we are again blog hopping as a team. This month some of Team Scrimpy and I are showcasing our firm favourites from the NEW Stampin' Up! catalogue. My favourite HAS to be the Peony Garden suite. It truly is beautiful. From the stamps to the beautiful dies to the subtle and wonderful Designer series paper. This suite ticks all the boxes for me.

For todays Team Scrimpy hop I created a stunning stationary set and carry folder. All using Peony Garden. Today is a show and tell I will share a video tutorial and measurements on Monday.

So this pretty folder has a strap and buckle style fastener and is decorated with one of the 3d Peony flowers. I added a pretty stickpin and some hand dyed seam binding for a special touch.
we have two pockets inside holding stationary. The stationary is had created using the Prized peony stamp set.

I added envelopes custom writing paper and a notebook each page having stamped detail. In all a stunning set to create and gift.

I hope you enjoyed this project I will return Monday with a tutorial so you can create one yourself.

Please do Join the rest of my team in their blogs and see their specially made creations today.

Have an amazing weekend and ... Happy stamping xxx Amanda

Natalie Arnold

Tricia Smith

Karen McClure

Helen Chandler